"As a Lutheran pastor and retired military I certainly think it's fun. Perhaps a little too idylic, being a pastor in an old, but very reverent downtown, inner city church, I get adventure, but definitely not the material perks. But hey I'm not Stephen Grant either ;) "
Pastor Stephen Grant?
Stephen Grant is the pastor at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on eastern Long Island. Grant is one of the more unique second-career clergy around, as he once worked for the CIA. Besides theology, his interests include archery, golf, writing, classic films, the beach, poker, baseball, and history. Grant also knows his wines, champagnes and brews. Oh yes, he generally dislikes politicians, and happens to be an expert marksman with a handgun and a rifle, while being pretty handy with a combat knife as well.
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Thanks so much for the support. It is much appreciated.
God bless. Ray Keating
"Theology and faith + politics and murder = a great first novel. A Navy SEAL becomes a Lutheran pastor in Ray Keating's first novel with the character of Pastor Stephen Grant. You'll find good theology, jabs at political correctness and local church life. There's the light-hearted banter between friends, as well as a serious discussion of 'just war theory.' Keating's style of bringing theology to every day topics is reminiscent of Stephen Lawhead's approach in the genre of Science fiction/fantasy."
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
"This is an interesting mystery with a twist. A former CIA operative is now a Lutheran Pastor. After a deadly shooting in his church the Pastor saves many more people by "taking out" the shooter. Throughout the book the reader experiences Pastor Grant's crisis of faith, and his crisis within himself and a few people from his past. I must say it had an unusual ending. I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see if the end leads into the next book."
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Saturday, September 17, 2016
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“Root of All Evil?” by Ray Keating is the second novel in his series with the character Pastor Stephen Grant. I love a book that can make me smile, frown – and maybe even wince, get teary, and laugh. The characters are realistic, lovable, relatable, and memorable.
In this installment, Pastor Stephen Grant is thrust into the middle of another sinister plot, but this time he has a new wife to worry about him. I can really relate to Jennifer Grant’s character because I am a pastor’s wife. I know how it feels to have plans interrupted by important work matters, but I can’t imagine how I would feel if I knew my husband was going off with a CIA team to apprehend a suspect in a potential gun fight.
I really enjoyed reading “Root of All Evil?” just like I really enjoyed reading “Warrior Monk.” As a Lutheran, I appreciate the worldview and Gospel proclamation in the novels. If you like crime novels, Christian fiction with more realistic to life characters (warning: some bad language, violence, and general human sinfulness), or simply good storytelling, then Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels are for you.
- Amazon 5-star review of ROOT OF ALL EVIL?
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Ray Keating’s new book, WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, will be published soon. With a big Kindle sale, it’s the perfect time to get onboard or caught up.
Get the first five thrillers – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – on the Kindle for only $3.99 each. That’s all five books for less than $20 for a limited time.
Stellar reviews and recommendations have been coming fast and furious. MURDERER’S ROW was named the BookTalk 2015 Book of the Year. And Kirkus Review says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”
THE RIVER not only was a 2014 finalist for BookTalk’s Book of the Year, but Kirkus Reviews declares, “A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.”
David Keene, opinion editor at The Washington Times, proclaims, “The Stephen Grant novels are great reads beginning with WARRIOR MONK, which aptly describes Ray Keating's engaging hero.”
Lutheran Book review declares, “I miss Tom Clancy. Keating fills that void for me.”
Take advantage of the big Kindle sale, and start enjoying Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels featuring a former Navy SEAL, onetime CIA operative, and current pastor.